I had a tank on here several years ago that was a high tech 40B. This time around it will be low tech because now I am married and have a child and made some time commitment promises regarding the new tank.
Lighting is two Finnex Stingrays. I have them set up for a 7 hour concurrent photo period now, but I may try other plans such as maybe having each one on for 4 hours with only a one hour overlap or something like that, because I need to light the whole tank but not necessarily full strength the whole time. Time will tell!
I am using Tapatalk, so hopefully photos work properly. I have plants from at least two For Sale ads in this forum coming this week including 100 stems of Hygrophilia Corymbosa, two species of crypts, and Stauro Porto Velho. I am hoping this will sufficiently pack the tank initially.
I finished my DIY stand earlier this week, put the tank on it Thursday evening and filled it Friday.
It has 40 Lbs of Saf T Sorb substrate, and a stand I built myself. Well water comes out of the tap at 0 KH 0 GH and I am dosing baking soda and equilibrium to get about 5/5. The STS will strip KH for a few weeks presumably so I will monitor every day or so and add a half tsp as needed.
I will be dosing ferts per the Tom Barr low tech non CO2 method; weekly additions of KNO3, KH2PO4, and Equilibrium.
My driftwood has not yet shipped and no idea on ETA (manzanita-driftwood.com) so when I do my initial planting later this week I will leave plenty of room for driftwood.
I will be stocking, I think :
18 Rummynose Tetra (maybe cardinal tetra instead)
1 or 2 Bolivian Ram
1 Pearl Gourami, if and only if I can establish floating plants that work with my filtration and I find the floating plants manageable and attractive.
Filtration is an Eheim 2217 with an inline heater, fluval-style skinner intake, and spray painted black all in-tank equipment.
Temps at 79F.